James Van Der Beek James Van Der Beek

Cheers to James Van Der Beek for proving his career is no longer up a Creek.

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Despite playing the title character on The WB's Dawson's Creek, Van Der Beek has been the cast's underachiever, at least compared to Josh Jackson, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. But after a series of hilariously self-mocking funnyordie.com video shorts — including one that reclaimed his weeping meme — Van Der Beek no longer needs to cry.

His guest shot as a cokehead venture capitalist was the best thing about Law & Order: Criminal Intent's disappointingly pedestrian Social Network-inspired series finale. And Van Der Beek spoofs himself again, complete with Dawson's and Varsity Blues gags, in ABC's promising midseason sitcom Apartment 23. I just wish the show were on the network's fall schedule — like the Creek theme song says, I don't wanna wait.

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